My job is Windows Mobile. I talk about it all day, I tell customers about it, I tell Partners about it and even tell all the people I work with about it. One of the great things is that it touches every part of Microsoft; email, applications, development, Live! even in the near future Xbox. The other great thing is that I get to use the wide and varied handsets using Windows Mobile. Recently it has been an HTC S620, Palm Treo 750 and Orange M3100 as I do like having qwerty keypad, all of which are top notch devices but I’ve added a new HTC S710 to the fold and I’m quite taken with it. Small enough to be a normal mobile phone but with the added sliding qwerty keyboard it’s a cracker, it’s also the first handset to come with Windows Mobile 6 along with it’s rebadged sibling the Orange E650.
I had the good fortune to see the inside of the new Wembley stadium the other day as I was presenting with fellow ‘Softie Julian Datta at the DSGi Business Customer Expo. It was great that the Wembley guys let us park our Windows Mobile Mini right out side the front door of the venue too as the attention if got was fantastic.
Julian and I did a series of presentation mashups, to use the vernacular, on Exchange, Unified Communications and Windows Mobile throughout the day and the guys downstairs on the booths were mobbed as people wanted to find out more about the latest releases, Windows Mobile 6 getting particular attention.
My conclusion of Wembley as a building and I apply this to stadiums in general, or is that stadia, is that look good from two only perspectives, either from a long way away or when you’re inside. Outside in the car park it’s a mess of glass, concrete and steel all fighting for attention but inside it is quite spectacular.
I couldn’t help feel that when the chap below finishes he’ll have to start all over again.
A couple of days ago I was at a Windows Mobile 6 press day and apart from seeing Jason Langridge, my fellow Windows Mobile aficionado, show how rather great WM6 is I also met Tim Cole from the Tao Group. Tim came along to showed us miniMIXA which I fess up to having not seen before, it’s impressive and shows how powerful a platform Windows Mobile is.
And miniMIXA in action
Tim as it turns out is also a bit a guru when it comes to the Boss Micro BR, the review he wrote has probably the biggest thread outside of Boss.
The number of handsets running Windows Mobile is now over the ton and with the announcement at 3GSM that companies like LG will offer WM handsets running Mobile 6, it’s really tough for a someone with a gadget habit to not be tempted by the latest device. So with the Palm Treo 750v lend to someone else the HTC S620 has stepped into the breach and fills it quite nicely.
Thinner than a size zero model but infinitely more useful the S620 looks like a PDA but runs Smartphone OS so doesn’t have a touchscreen, navigation is via the multifunction switch on the front or via the neat ‘Joggr’ bar on the right hand side. As with all WM5 devices it supports Direct Push email, viewing of Office documents, Instant Messaging and browsing the web. I was worried the small QWERTY keypad would be too small for my stubby digits and whilst not at spaced as those on the Treo they work really well and because they have a positive ‘click’ to them even dialing telephone numbers isn’t as fiddly as it appears at first glance.
Like the Samsung i600 the HTC S620 is a cross over device that sits between what would have been considered a PDA and a ‘smart’ phone, this segment for Windows Mobile has become more blurred of late so with Mobile 6 the distinction will be simplified between those devices with a touch screen and those without.
A few of you might know that I work in the part of MS Towers that looks after Windows Mobile and on Monday the latest version of the OS for handhelds was announced at 3GSM in Barcelona. For the past few months I’ve been asked a handful of times a day “What’s new in Mobile 6?”, “When will the new devices with WM6 be available?” and of course “Whats new for developers?” and at last I can answer all of these and some others too.
My fellow Windows Mobile aficionado Jason Langridge covers the new features, with pictures, in some detail on his blog but some of the highlights include Message Smartfiltering, HTML support, Storage Card Encryption, Enforcement and Wipe, lots of Calendering enhancements making it feel as Outlook as possible, lots of cool Windows Live support, improvements to Mobile Office to take advantage of smaller screens and a ton of great UI enhancements. For developers there’s an updated SDK which you can install straight into Visual Studio, a new emulator and a lengthy list changes to make application development, testing and deployment even easier. There is a great doc on MSDN which covers all of this.
As for devices you can expect to see them begin to find their way in retail stores or from operators when the weather begins to get better. That’s the early summer if you missed it!